And even with a loss, Abbas will have won. There will be no turning back for the Palestinians, nor for the international community regarding the Palestinian state. The die will have been cast, and not Israel, nor the US, will be able to stop the wheels that will be set into motion. The USD is fighting tooth and nail to keep from being caught between a rock and hard spot, and Israel is fighting tooth and nail to stop the inevitable end to its expansionist agenda - that it has for decades hidden ingeniously beneath the guise of 'peace negotiations' - which, it suddenly realizes, is looming no matter what the outcome of the Palestinian bid in the UN.
Man shot dead in northern Israel town of Bi'ina, police say the murder was gang related (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. should recognize Palestinian state